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MTN statement: Complaint for violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act in Iraq.
24 June 2021
On 22 June 2021 a complaint for violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act (the “Complaint”) was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The Complaint was filed on behalf of American service members and civilians, and their families, who were killed or wounded in Iraq between 2011 and 2016.
The Complaint alleges that telecom companies indirectly supported the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps by, inter alia, doing business with Iranian companies. The defendants named in the complaint are two different telecoms one of which is MTN and certain of its affiliates including Irancell (MTN holds 49% equity interest in Irancell).
MTN is reviewing the details of the complaint and is consulting its advisers but remains of the view that it conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner in all its territories and so intends to defend its position where necessary.
MTN Group is committed to continued compliance with all applicable laws and continues to monitor all developments to ensure it acts in accordance with applicable laws.
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